4 years ago1,000+ Views
Every year I am getting older and every year I put off giving a genuine effort towards my health. Now, I'm not an unhealthy guy. I run, surf, eat pretty well, but I still have plenty of work to do. This year is going to be different for me, and I hope it will be different for you too. Here are four key numbers you should aim to hit this year or at least this time next year. 1. Blood Pressure: Below 140/90 mm Hg Blood pressure counts as high if it’s over 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). The first number is your systolic pressure—the pressure when your heart is pumping blood. The second number measures your diastolic pressure, which is when your heart is between beats. Reach your goal: There are plenty of good pharmaceuticals out there, but some natural ways of lowering that blood pressure is to look at your diet and get moving. Watch out for that saturated fat and sodium and exercised three times a week! 2. Waist Size: Less Than 40 Inches Belly fat is the most dangerous fat out there, leading to heart problems and memory loss. Wrap that tape measurer around your bare abdomen just above your hip bone, then relax, exhale, and measure your waist. You want the number to be below 40 inches. Reach Your Goal: Try getting more fiber into your diet because it has the proven ability to slow down belly-fat progression as we age. 3. Blood Sugar: 70-100 mg/dL (Fasting Glucose Test) Fasting glucose looks at your blood sugar after not eating for at least 8 hours, and can be a warning sign of diabetes. High blood sugar damages your blood vessels over time, which can lead to increased risk of heart attack or stroke, as well as kidney and eye problems. Reach Your Goal: Again, exercise and a healthy diet can help control your blood sugar. Try to balance cardio and lifting to reap the biggest benefit. 4. Total Cholesterol: Less Than 200 mg/dL Your total cholesterol number is made up of the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglycerides in your body. Too much cholesterol can raise your risk of heart disease. Reach Your Goal: A healthy diet, moderate weight loss—if you’re overweight—and exercise can help lower your cholesterol levels. Also, try drinking green tea daily to get you on the right track.